Remember when Cato was cool?

Burt Kwouk played Clousseau’s manservant and martial arts foil Kato in A Shot in the Dark in 1964 and Bruce Lee played Kato in  The Green Hornet from 1966 to 1967. Kwouk reprised his role in 1975’s The Return of the Pink Panther, and with a spelling change, became Cato Fong.

But in 1976, another Cato arose when the Charles Koch Foundation (yes…that Charles Koch) changed its name to the Cato Institute. The mission of the Cato Institute is ostensibly to “originate, disseminate, and increase understanding of public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.”

For the most part, I usually like what Cato has to say on civil liberties, but I when I read their continuing nonsense on the issue of global warming and the skeptics they foist onto their readers… well, the failure of reason in that area begs the question for all other areas. (I actually stopped reading their stuff long ago … too many other things to learn to be sucked into one website.)

As for the Kochs, they failed in a 2012 attempt to make the Cato Institute a blatant front for their agenda. The joint publicized statement from the Kochs and Cato said the “agreement confirms Cato’s independence and ensures that Cato is not viewed as controlled by the Kochs.”

Right. Except when it comes to the environment. {wink wink nudge nudge}

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One response to “Remember when Cato was cool?

  1. Pingback: Have a Koch and a smile! | Random (and not) Musings

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